The house of Lords concluded i n a report published 25th July 2017 that “Veterinarians play a key role in ensuring and inspecting farm animal health and welfare in the UK from farm to abattoir… We note the overwhelming reliance on non-UK EU citizens to fill crucial official veterinary positions in the UK
, and call on the Government to ensure that the industry is able to retain or recruit qualified staff to fill these roles post-Brexit.” Read more here
Peers, MPs and vets gathered at the House of Commons on 27 June to discuss animal health, welfare, public health and veterinary workforce issues at a briefing from the BVA and the RCVS. BVA president Gudrun Ravetz said: “We are a relatively small profession, but we are a diverse [one] with far-reaching influence and impact in so many areas of political and public life.
“Last week, we were delighted to hear the Defra secretary of state, speaking to the Today programme, rightly acknowledged the importance of EU vets to the UK economy; from food hygiene and safety to monitoring disease outbreaks and facilitating trade.
“This is why the BVA is calling on the Government to guarantee the working rights for non-UK EU vets and vet nurses working and studying in the UK at the existing level, and with no time limit.” Read more here